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As the sun sets on 2021, we reflect on another testing year. We hope the world of tools has kept you busy and remaining creative. Let’s see which tools made the cut into our favourites this year, why not get in touch if you’ve got them at home?

Our annual Top Tools roundup is here again! See which tools stood out for us this year. Do you agree?


Axminster Woodturning Evolution SK114 Chuck Package (M33 x 3.5mm)

For the first of our Top Tools, we have one of our most popular chuck packages. British made by our engineering team here in Axminster, Devon, the chuck is stainless steel and extremely accurate and the package also includes: C dovetail jaws, a faceplate ring, a screw chuck, a soft grip chuck key and long accessory mounting jaws. Within this package is everything you need to get turning!
Not the right size for you? View all our chucks here.

PEANUT® 2 Mini Jig Complete Package (8mm Shank)

An innovative, affordable alternative to cabinet making, the PEANUT® jigs are easy to use and form exceptionally strong, invisible joints. Make perfect 45 or 90 degree joints; the joints can be taken apart countless times with no loss of strength.
View the whole PEANUT range.

Axminster APF 10 Evolution® Powered Respirator

Light, comfortable and easily adjustable, the APF 10 blows air down over the face much more effectively than a negative pressured respirator. The respirator can run for 8 hours on one charge, so you can be protected all day. Pair with the Big Blue ear defenders to help protect your ears, eyes and lungs altogether. Perfect for dusty working environments.

So good I just don’t know what I would do without it

Axminster customer

Axminster Trade AT2552B Bandsaw

Up next, we have the ever popular AT2552B. Suitable for your home workshop due to its size and also up to the task for small trade use, this bandaw is effective and modestly priced for its capabilities. Featuring a deep section rip fence and an extra large cast iron table, you’ll feel fully supported when making cuts.

Axminster Trade Clamps Parallel Jaw Clamp (600 x 80mm)

Our favourite thing about these clamps, is the lifetime guarantee they’re supplied with! They feature a huge 200kg clamping pressure and the jaws have a large surface area, so the pressure is evenly spread.
Need something slightly different? View all our Trade clamps here.

Pure quality, well made

Axminster customer

Japanese Shinwa Sliding Bevel

Japanese Shinwa tools are perfect for woodworkers. This sliding bevel lets you measure, transfer and layout angles easily and accurately. Made from 1.5mm thick stainless steel, you can’t go wrong with this tool.

UJK Universal Dovetail Jig

One of our absolute favourites of the year, our UJK Dovetail Jig. Extremely easy to set up and very strong, thanks to the CNC machined heavy gauge steel composition. Able to produce six different joints and coupled with unrivalled accuracy, this one truly is a Top Tool!
View the whole UJK range.

The jig is excellent does what it says straight out of the box with minimal set up

Axminster customer

Axminster Trade Ultimate Edge Variable Speed Sharpening System

The clue is in the name, this is the ultimate sharpening experience. Keeping all your edge tools perfectly sharp repeatedly has never been easier, this really is an invaluable machine. It also comes with a comprehensive 3 year guarantee!

My chisels and plane irons have never been so sharp

Axminster Customer

Axminster Craft AC1400B Bandsaw

Light and compact, the AC1400B is ideal for the small home workshop, but don’t let that fool you. This bandsaw has large capabilities for its size and has a solid cast iron table to help your work move through the machine easily. With a curved door to reduce vibration, your accuracy will be on point, every time!

UJK Clamp Stand

Ever wished you had an extra pair of hands while you work? These UJK clamp stands are simple, yet so effective, speeding up the clamping process and helping you save time overall.

UJK Parf Mk II Guide System

A revolutionary guide system, which allows you to make perfectly accurate 45 or 90 degree cuts, every time. If you need to make fast, regular cuts, this tool could significantly reduce your working time, increase your efficiency and save you money.

This kit is not just a great idea but a solid, precision built kit

Axminster customer

Axminster Model Engineer Series C0 Micro Lathe

Weighing just 14kg, this machine is fully portable, whilst still being fully competent at taking on your metal working tasks. Featuring a cast iron bed, 150W motor, variable speed capacity and a chuck with reversible jaws.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our favourite tools of 2021, who knows what treats 2022 will bring?

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